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Md. bill would bar reading text messages while driving

A bill that would prohibit drivers from reading text messages is advancing through the Maryland legislature.

The legislation, approved Thursday by a 135 to 2 vote in the House of Delegates, expands a law which bars drivers from writing and sending text messages while their vehicle is in motion or stopped in a traffic lane. The bill was sent to the state Senate.

Sending and receiving text messages is prohibited for drivers in the District and 20 other states, including Virginia. Enforcement of the bans, which have been championed by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, has been challenging because violators are hard to spot, and because they can contend they were dialing a cellphone call rather than texting.

— Ashley Halsey III

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 4:06 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland , Personal Safety , Traffic Accidents  
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Great, now please ban reading books, magazines and newspapers. Banning texting without banning those is typical MD knee jerk policy making.

Posted by: reiflame1 | March 11, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm with reiflame. PLEASE ban reading newspapers and books too! As much as it seems like common sense I cannot tell you how many times I see idiots in rush hour weaving while they read the paper. It's stupid, and scary.

Posted by: shrshot | March 11, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

May as well ban smoking, chewing gum, talking to passengers and anything else that takes your eyes off the road for any moment of's called multi-tasking folks!

Posted by: Walkernupe2 | March 12, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

It's distracted driving you sick freaks. I only hope you die in your "accident" instead of killing someone else.

Posted by: member5 | March 12, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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